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to the deadly shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's proposal to put armed police officers in every school in america. darcy spencer is joining us live near 14th street where a march is getting under way tonight. darcy? >> jim, i was able to speak to one of the organizers of this event this afternoon. he tells me when he was just two years old he witnessed his own mother being shot and killed. he says, in fact, the gunman turned the gun on him but fortunately it locked up and his life was spared. ever since then, he is an advocate for gun control. that's what this rally is about here this afternoon. the video we're going to show you was taken a few minutes ago as they were getting ready for this rally here in columbia heights. this is all about gun control. they're calling on congress, calling on the president to enact an assault weapons ban. they're calling for them again to take immediate action on this issue in light of the shootings in newtown, connecticut. we're going to hear from the gentleman i spoke about who lost his mother to gun violence and also we're going to hear from
today went to the in. ra office in washington demanding more gun control, and a staunch nra backer joined the call. west virginia democratic senator joe manchin, an avid hunter, backed bloomberg. >> i don't know of anybody that goes hunting with an assault rifle. >> reporter: gun enthusiast angela brandon is thinking about new options after the shock of newtown. >> honestly i wanted to cry because of the children, but at the same time sometimes i'm not sure that gun control -- more gun control than we actually have is really the reason. >> reporter: ironically the rampage in connecticut has sparked record sales of weapons that buyers fear could soon be banned. senator manchin, democrat of west virginia, who just won reelection by being seen in part in hunter's garb, carrying guns, says his many, many friends in the nra need to get involved in this now whitehot debate. i'm steve handlesman, news4. >>> there are more police officers around schools in our area today in response to the shooting last week. police in fairfax county are stepping up their patrols. they say it is not in res
of the nra, like myself, believe in guns, responsibility, and accountability. and we try to teach that and we try to tell anybody who asks about it, that's the way we feel. >> reporter: they tell me here that the sale of the firearms are up dramatically this week. >> a lot of people are concerned about recent events, what may take place if the say salt ban comes back. people are definitely buying things that they wanted to buy in the past. they are doing it a little faster probably. >> reporter: appearing on wtop radio, bob mcdonnell answer ad question saying it is time to discuss allowing school officials to carry firearms on campus. if people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials that were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would be an opportunity to stop an individual trying to get into the school. responding to the governor, virginia congressman jerry conolly tweeted bob mcdon alleges suggestion that armed teachers could have stopped newtown tragedy is outrageous. guns don't belong if schools. >> i don't have any policy or recommendation that i
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